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The Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka.

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Legislative update

Three weeks into the legislative session, and very little (so far) has been done to address the over $757 million in projected budgetary deficits affecting both the current fiscal year 2015 and next year’s FY 2016 budgets. The deficits are there because of one reason – Gov. Sam Brownback’s uber-business friendly tax policies.

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Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional

The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.

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Kansas: Bill would put Legislature a mouse click away

If there is one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it's that the public is skeptical of what their elected officials are doing.

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Kansas: Legislature, not courts, should decide school funding, Brownback says

Starting a new legislative session during an election year and with a state Supreme Court ruling on school finance expected any day, Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said his conservative Republican policies have helped lift Kansas from the Great Recession.

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Affordable Care Act nears major milestone; Brownback still opposed

In October, people without health insurance can enroll in the new health care marketplace at the website for coverage that beings Jan. 1.

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Groups urge Legislature to change proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration

Opponents say law was an “intentional effort” to make it more difficult for him to vote.

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Kansas: Panel to review 'Hard 50' plan ahead of special session

A special legislative committee formed in Kansas to consider proposals for fixing the state’s “Hard 50” criminal sentencing law will meet the week before lawmakers convene a special session to draft its recommendations, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.

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Kansas: KU Med students get $17.75 million in FICA refunds

About 1,140 former Kansas University Medical Center students received $17.75 million in FICA refunds last week, state officials reported today.


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